Torkham border police base comes under cross-border attack
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A border security forces’ base in the Torkham town of eastern Nangarhar province has come under rocket strike from across the Durand Line, an official said on Sunday.
A provincial council member, Javed Zaman, told Pajhwok Afghan News 10 rockets were fired intermittently from across the border into the dusty town early Sunday morning.
He said a number of the rockets hit the base of the border forces, but he had no information about casualties.
A local security official, wishing not to be named, said that some of the rockets landed inside the military centre.
But Col. Rahimullah Sahak, a border police commander, said the rockets were fired from the Landikotal area of Khyber Agency, where a radar system of the Pakistani border forces is located.
Two of the rockets hit the centre and others landed in surrounding areas, Sahak said, recalling the Pakistanis had invited them to a meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
Pakistan wanted to build terminal near the Torkham gate, but Afghan forces prevent the project, he added.
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the rocket strikes but said the incident caused no casualties.
Shina, a shopkeeper in Torkham, confirmed the incident and said the situation in the area had been tense over the past few days.
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